Trends in Books
As in everything else, books tend to go through trends. Vampires and werewolves dominated for a time, dystopian overshadowed all else for a while, zombies have taken up arms (and eaten them), now it seems to be fairytales. Is this a bad thing?
Personally, I don’t think so. Anything that causes would-be writers to pick up the pen (or keyboard as it may be) can’t be a bad thing. If a trend hits that sparks someone’s creative bone and pulls a story out of them, then we the readers win. I’ve discovered some amazing new writers in the midst of various trends.
When the dystopian craze hit, it was like a smorgasbord for me. I love dystopian novels. I think it comes from my childhood love of Star Wars. The Star Wars universe is like dystopian in reverse—the universe before it was civilized. Dystopian is the world after civilization collapses. It seems to be ebbing a bit, but I still can’t get enough of it. I hope that even if it isn’t the current “trend” that it continues to inspire others to write. That’s one genre I’m scared to death to tackle because I just don’t have that specific kind of creativity. So I need others to write it for me.
When fairytales first poked their head onto the scene, I was pretty happy. Okay, it’s more like I was giddy. I love, love, love fairytales. From my first viewing of Cinderella on VHS (!) when I was a kid I was hooked. I’ve long wanted to write retellings, but was afraid no one would care enough to read them. It took someone with more courage than me to decide they were worth throwing out into the world once again, and I happily leapt on the train.
I think the bottom line is that we’re all drawn in by the romanticism of all of the trends. I mean, who knew zombies could be romantic, and yet there are several romantic zombie stories popping up. Whatever trend is current, the underlying theme seems to always be love and hope, that our hero and heroine can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and keep their love intact while doing so.
So from my point of view, I say bring on the trends. Because bringing them on brings on new and exciting stories that we can all lose ourselves in, and what else is reading for but to be transported to someone else’s universe for just a little while.
THANKS so much for doing this Cindy!!!